May 19

Kate Buckley – the artist

Kate the artist

Last Friday, Irish artist Kate from Co. Cork, but living in New Zealand, came to our school! She was telling us about life in New Zealand. It is very similar to life here in!

The children from Haast School in New Zealand sent over some photos, a kiwi (but it was a toy), a pukeko a New Zealand bird (but it was a puppet), a few letters and a packet of Pinapple lumps the brilliant New Zealand sweets! They were really nice, and I’m really happy I got to have a taste of one!

The only person sixth class called Ernest, sent Shannon and Myself a letter, and now we are going to send a letter back to him!

I really enjoyed learning about New Zealand with Kate, and I can’t wait until we do art with her!

By Niall

May 19


A Blog On Kate ☺️👩

I am writing about a woman called Kate Buckley who came to our school. She came from New Zealand with a big parcel full of stuff that we yet have to look at! She was at a school called Haast School. She was over there for a week to see what it’s like. Then, she decided to introduce us to them by mail and we sent over pictures and Ireland flags to them. And in her parcel, is all the stuff they sent over to us! They made us a huge card with a picture of all the pupils in the school (there are only 17 pupils!) and the scenery of the town. We got to know all of their names and what they wear as their uniform. She showed us lots of pictures and they were all so lovely! Also, they made us try their favourite sweets called Pineapple Lumps 😀 Then, we ate our own popular Irish sweets called Iced Caramels. We had to compare the both of them on a sheet.

Another thing in her parcel was two teddies of their two popular birds. The Keewee bird and the Pukeko. They were beautiful birds! 🐦 It’s great fun learning about a school on the other side of the world! And they are excited to get to know more about us! Kate is coming tomorrow to tell us more information and she is doing art with us! Hope you enjoyed reading about this! ✋
By April

May 18

Kate Buckley



(Tógtha ó blog Shauna).

Inniu tháinig bean (Kate Buckley) go dtí mo scoil. Is ealaíontóir í. Tháinig sí ón Nua Shéaláin. Bhí muid ag caint faoin scoil i Haast. Beidh sí ag teacht go dtí ár scoil ar feadh cúpla seachtaine.
Ní féidir liom fanacht go dtí Dé Máirt mar beidh sí ar ais agus beidh sí ag déanamh ealaíne linn.
The End
Le Shauna. 🙂 🙂 🙂

April 7

Our mystery is solved!

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Some weeks ago we received a mysterious package in the post. We blogged about it to see if we could unravel our mystery.

Now we have solved it! It was an intriguing introduction to an art project we are hoping to do with Haast Primary School in New Zealand.
Artist Kate Buckley, is inviting us to work alongside a school in New Zealand as art investigators. She says:

‘Special Art Investigators work to find out as much as they can about both their place and their partner place. This means you and the students from Hannah’s clearing (Haast) will have to be in touch with each other- sending things back and forth between the two places.
Special Art Investigators use the arts when they do their work- drawing, writing, finding out, acting, painting , dancing, using technology and making things- whatever kind of art you like .
When I’m in Ireland we can work together make artwork about our own place and about our partner place. But you don’t need me to start making things- you can begin whenever you like.’

Our exciting project is just beginning. We sent some clues to Haast School, New Zealand to introduce ourselves, and to see if they could discover who we were and where we were from. We sent some maps, some Irish sweets and biscuits, some tourist information, flags and shamrocks, a copy of Primary Planet and a QR code for our blog.

Our new friends are clever investigators and they cracked the clues! They have asked us the following questions written in bold type and these are our replies from Ailish, Orla, Sophie, Niall, Amy and Lisa.

1. How many children are there at the school?
 A. There are 29 children in our school: 14 in the Junior room and 15 in here, in the Senior room.

2. What are their names?

We have two classrooms in our School. In our classroom there is Niall, Shannon, Orla, Ava, Ailish, Lisa, Seamus, Grace, Shauna, Sophie, Rosaleen, Kian, Rosín, Liam and me, Amy. In the junior class room there is Siobhán, John, Hannah, Eve, Aofie, Danny, Patrick, Mikey, Kyle, Kirsty, Laoise, Ava, Freddie and Lucy. (Amy)

3. How old are the children at your school?

They are aged from 4 to 12.  In the Junior Room we have ages 4-7 and in  and in our classroom we have ages 8-12. (Ailish)

4. Are there people at your school who come from other cultures or countries?

Yes there are students born in other countries. We have three students from England.

5. What are the names of your teachers?

 The names of our teachers are Muínteoir  Máirín and Muinteoir Deborah and our support teacher Muinteoir Lorraine.

6. Do you have computers?

Yes, we have computers. We have just 1 PC and  1 Mac desktop computers,  some laptops (PC) and lots of iPads. We also have interactive whiteboards and Apple TV.

7. What wildlife is there in your area?

Here the wildlife is mainly foxes and hares as well as birds. But some farmers have to kill the foxes at this time of year, because sheep have their lambs, and the foxes would kill the newly born lambs. (Niall)

8. What sorts of learning do you do?
The learning we do here is: our national language, Gaeilge or Irish, we also do mathematics, which are sums, we do history and geography, in history we learn about things that happened years ago, and today we learned about Maoris. English, we learn about lots of things. Religion, we about all the Saints, God and all the great stories Jesus Christ. We also do Science, Art, Music, PE and SPHE.


9.What books does you have at your school?

We have lots of books at our school like books about sport, animals, art and lots more. We have a good mixture of fact and fiction books. We have just finished ‘The Suitcase Kid’ by Jacqueline Wilson. We all love to read! (Sophie)

10. How many classrooms are there?
There are 3 classrooms in our school. There are the senior class, joiner class and there is our middle room that we just call that the storage room. We wanted to turn the middle room into a canteen so that we could get warm food and cold foods and that is all about our school. But the canteen didn’t work (Ok so the canteen is in my imagination but I (Orla) really wanted it :0

11. What is in your classrooms? Seats? Desks?

There are lots and lots of lovely posters in our classrooms and yes we have tables and chairs too.


12. Do you like living in your area?

I love living in our area. I have many friends. I don’t think I would be able to manage without them in a different country. (Lisa)


13: Would you like to be pen pals or e-pals with us? 

Yes we would love to be either penpals or epals with you.


April 3

Our trip to the shore





















Today my classroom went to the beach.
We saw loads of creatures, peri winkles,crabs,mussel shells and limpets.
We saw something that looked like sea anemone too.
1st class and 2nd class took some pictures of some of the shells we found.
Some of the limpets were stuck on rocks and others were just lying on the sand.
We found mussel shells but the seagulls had eaten their meaty part.
When we were going home we traced our names in the sand.
We also saw some seagulls looking for prey..
I love going to the beach!!!!!
By Siobhan.

Today we went to the beach. We found some mussels,limpets, razor shell fish and crabs.
We found a dog whelk. We saw lugworms track on the sand. On the way we saw a baby lamb in the field. He was feeding. On the way home our teacher let us write our names in the sand. It was good fun today. By Hannah & Seán

Today we went to the sea side. We wanted to look for rock pool life.
We saw crabs,some were dead and some were alive. We saw lugworm tracks.
We saw some rock pools, they were interesting. We love the sea side.
By Eve & Aoibhe

March 13

Our trip to the Fire station

On Thursday I went to the fire station . The fire mans name was Joe. He showed us the jaws of life and the fire engine. He put on all of his gear including the oxygen mask and tank. He turned on the beeper. It was very noisy. He showed us pictures of the factory fire. It lasted 4 days he told us. They had to use all the foam in Mayo Sligo and Roscommon.
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March 4

The mysterious package: please help!

Today we received a very mysterious package in the post.

There were strange (but delicious!) sweets, maps of places in New Zealand and brochures about various aspects of tourism in New Zealand in the package… but no card; no letter or no hint about who sent it.

We don’t know who sent it but we do think it came from New Zealand, because of the postmark, the maps and the brochure. The only thing is…we don’t know anyone there!

Our clues seems to point to the South Island and an area named Haast or Taihaipe.

Look at our clues below and see if you can help us, please!

February 19

Our visit to Áras Inis Gluaire

A long time ago scientists put a special buoy in the ice in the North Pole to measure how deep the water is,how salty the water is and how cold the water is. Then it started to drift with the waves down the Atlantic Ocean. Then another iceberg slid over the top of it and it lost its signal for a long time. But then while it was sliding down with the waves It got its signal back again! The iceberg had melted! But then it lost the signal again as it went down the waves and then the waves brought the buoy to Blacksod Bay where a man called Fergus found it.He called someone to come check it out. The man told him it was a buoy that came from the North Pole. He told the civic center and then decided to display it so that people could come and visit it! Our school went to visit it. It was so cool ! It was yellow. The buoy must have met LOADS of mammals along the way,dolphins, polar bears, penguins, seals and maybe even whales! We could not lift the bouy! It was so heavy! By Siobhan + Hannah

February 8


We are about to begin our Quadblogging project with three other schools, which are all based in the UK:
Horningsham Primary School at
Humberstone Junior Academy at
and Bidston Avenue Primary School at

As a group of four, each week, a different class will be the focus class allowing the other three classes to visit and comment on the focus class blog. Over a cycle of 4 weeks, each class has their week as the focus class. Each Quad gets to decide how many cycles are completed and when you have completed the cycles, you simply come back and register for a new Quad. More information available at

Listen to David Mitchell, the key designer of Quadblogging, speak about it:

January 9

Our Green Code

Water Rap

Stop and think,
Turn off the sink,
You have the power,
Take a shorter shower,
Water’s fun for swimming or rowing with an oar,
Canoeing through the rapids but even more,
We need it to survive, to clean and to drink,
So don’t let it all just run down your sink,
Saving water is what we mostly do,
We turn off the taps and so should you,
We also save energy by turning off the light,
It saves electricity day and night,
We also recycle, all day long,
Rubbish in the bin, is where it belongs,
We’ll save our world, it’s a chance we can’t miss,
So future generations can enjoy all of this!

Composed by Amy and Alison

January 5

Let your 2014 get off to a Green start!

We are working hard in school to make a difference, but remember we need your backup too! Here is a reminder of a few simple tips you can implement at home to conserve water…
* Turn off the taps when washing your teeth – you can save 6 litres of water!
* Take a short shower instead of a bath.
* Fill the kettle with enough water for your needs – you can save energy as well!
* Always fix leaking taps.
* Use your dishwasher and washing machine only when they are full (thus saving energy too!)
* Wash your fruit and vegetables in a basin of water instead of running water from the tap – then use the leftover water to give your plants a drink!
* Soak pots and pans instead of letting the water run while you scrape them clean.
* Keep a jug of water in the fridge and enjoy a lovely cool glass whenever you want instead of letting the tap run.
Let’s be Waterwise together!